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Flavia Muller Medeiros
by: Tunji Bada  23 january 07
Brazilian artist with bright future
Text by Tunji Bada

"I like the idea of performance and movement and interaction with the viewer so that the work is open-ended and not finished." These are the ideas that drive the work of artist Flavia Muller Medeiros. After making a conscious decision to become an artist, she came to London to study a MA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College and since then her art has flourished. "I usually work with five or six ideas at a time. Some pieces won't work. Some develop into other ideas. I go back and forth between the pieces not knowing how it is going to end. It is really chaotic but dynamic."

She has self-published a book of her work, curated her own shows and now she has been nominated for the Beck's Futures 20,000 art prize. Was she surprised to be chosen? "Yes because I have only been here since 2002. I am not signed to any gallery or do group shows that much. I was nominated on my own terms so that felt good." Her chosen work, Inaugurate, is on display in London's Institute of Contemporary Art. She appropriates a section from the film Easy Rider then combines that with a rework of a speech by George Bush spoken in the style of a car salesman.

Has Brazil influenced her work? "I have been away from Brazil for 10 years and my art knowledge is from the US and England. I never want to be seen as a 'Brazilian' artist. I would rather my work was open to all cultures."

Beck's Futures
ICA, London
31 March -14 May
www.ica.org.uk
www.becksfutures.co.uk
www.flaviamullermedeiros.com

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